Why are they staring?

It's that time again....when I can't sleep and all I can think about is the new environment that I'm in and how in the world can things be so different here?

Again, why are they all staring? And what are they staring at?
Me, me and me again! Not because I'm carrying around toliet paper tissue on the heel of my shoe or because I have mustard on the side of my face or even that my hair is stuck in the Cameron Diaz "What about Mary?" way....it's all because I'm a caucasin women in a country where the ratio is almost 20:1 (men vs women.) I'm guessing on that ratio, but it certainly does seem like it at times. Mostly when we're walking around in the bazaars, eating

out or even in the malls.

Now I can honestly say that I know exactly how famous people feel, having all eyes on them at all times. It's freaky, and really makes you feel uneasy. I certainly consider myself to be a very strong independant person that here I almost can't even look straight ahead for fear of seeing all the eyes on me. For those of you who know me, you're probably thinking "ya right, her looking down" but seriously, it really freaks me out. It doesn't matter if it's a man or woman, everyone stares. There's been times that I actually get up from a table and switch seats w/ someone because of all the stares...but I'm working on it. And rather I think that when I see someone of different culture in the States that I, too, stare at them. Now I'll be sure NOT to stare, because I'm walking in their shoes for the next year or so.

Speaking of shoes, you wouldn't believe the shoes that women wear here. Not that all the women here are the same by any means, but if you want to see the latest trend of shoes, just stop by your local strip club after work and you'll see what I'm talking about. I can't help but laugh when I see a Saudi woman walk by, no skin showing, she's even wearing gloves on her hands, and I look down and under her Abaya, she's wearing 4" heels. I'll get more into the womens Abaya's and Burga's, plus also the mens Thawb's at a later time. I've looked and seen so many different spellings of the traditional clothing for both sexes that I'm just going to stay w/ what I wrote in here. Nevertheless it's certainly a subject that deserves it's own blog at a later time.

Like I said before, makes me laugh a little to see the women here wearing what they wear underneath all that black cloth, I guess women want to feel sexy no matter what country they're walking around in. The shoe stores here are no match to any stores in the States....meaning that our shoes stores could certainly learn something from the Middle East. Granted not ever available style here are the age ol' "hooker shoes" and I use that term lightly, very updated and very much in style. You'd be surprised to know that any shoe you see here could just as easily been on a runway in Paris, Milan or NYC.

Time to get my sleepy eyes to bed...long day tomorrow. Need to go grocery shopping and I've been pestering Jamie to take me to the beach, just mere blocks away from our apartment, before we move into a villa that won't be as close to the gulf as I would like. Plus the morning prayer, 6 throughout the entire day, is already starting and that means that it's really time for me to get to bed!!! Oh ya, one of the many many many Mosque's is right next door to apartment building...more on that later too!!

Ta ta for now.....I've included some pics from local people here in Kuwait, I only wish that I could take pictures like this. These 4 pictures are of the mall Al Kout that is right down the road from our apartment. It's so beautiful and looks like something from the movies. It's so hard to believe that it's only about 70 miles from the Iraq border.

edit: Plans for today went out the door this morning and here's why:

86°F / 30°C
Sandstorm. Pleasantly Warm.

   

   

Comments

 "who's that hot geek"....... why, it's GeekInThePink, that's who!

 

If I was standing on a fish, I'd slip and fall......

Thanks juliek....I appreciate all the words of encouragement.  I just look at this experience as another road that I've taken in my ever changing life and I am determined to enjoy and get the best out of it!  Be sure that I'll be blogging more about everything here!  Stay tuned....Smile

What you do in this life, will echo for eternity.

Wow, kudos to youGeekinthepink! What you are doing takes courage and confidence. going to a foreign country, esp. one in the Middle East, is difficult, at best. I think if you familiarize yourself with their customs and respect them, then things will be a little easier for you, but yeah...people will stare for sure. stay safe and stay in touch!   juliek

The pictures are absolutely fantastic, but like I said, I can't take any credit for them!  However I'm going to start taking them all over the city.  There are so many landmarks and just unbelievable things here that you wouldn't even think would be here.  & I'm doing good....be sure to keep in touch...

BTW.....Congrats on becoming an Aunt! 

What you do in this life, will echo for eternity.

It's actually quite easy to be safe...just have to use what the good lord gave ya!  I've yet to feel unsafe, just uneasy w/ all the stares!  Not in the service, my boyfriend works for one of the contracting companies that make sure that all the in processing soldiers who are Iraq bound are trained again before they go in country.  But he's prior Army & Army National Guard so he's good to go.  Thanks for the safe wishes Deb!  My contact w/ other females have gone out the window...so forgive me for rambling on at times!  Nevertheless you'll never hear me complaining, I've always been a sucker for men in uniform.

What you do in this life, will echo for eternity.

yes, the pics are -they look like postcards.  How are you girl? long time no talk ;(

& like deb said ....be careful;) 

 

 

 

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